Linebacker Has Three Favorites

The linebacker from Vista (Calif.) High, Travis Goethel, had a very good showing at the Los Angeles Combine Saturday. He fills us in in his recruitment and the three schools he currently favors...

One of the defensive standouts at the Los Angeles Combine this past weekend was Vista (Calif.) linebacker Travis Goethel (6-3, 220).

Goethel clocked a 4.66 in the forty, one of the better times for the linebackers, and also a 4.44 shuttle time, while looking very good in the one-on-one drills.

"I thought it went well," Goethel said. "I felt like I did good in the one-on-ones and I think I was better prepared for the testing at this combine. When I went to the Nike Camp, I did okay, but I wasn't that well prepared. For this combine, I knew what to expect and it was geared better for me."

Goethel attended UCLA's Junior Day in March, and the Bruin staff gave him his second scholarship offer, his first coming from local school San Diego State.

Goethel talked about that visit to UCLA's campus. "It was a good trip. UCLA has a nice campus and I like the area. The facilities are nice, too. I met Coach (Karl) Dorrell, and he's a pretty good guy," said Goethel, who is being recruited by UCLA assistant Dino Babers.

Goethel said his coach told him he is close to receiving offers from most of the Pac-10, and aside from West Coast schools, Goethel is also hearing from Notre Dame, Nebraska and Michigan. "My top three schools are Notre Dame, UCLA and Nebraska. San Diego State is right there, too, but I'm thinking I want to leave this area and try something new."

Goethel is done with combines, having attended the and Nike ones, but he's not done with camps this summer. He will be attending the Michigan Camp and is trying to attend the UCLA Camp.

As far as a decision is concerned, Goethel said he'd like to see some schools and decide sometime during the season.

During his junior year, Goethel recorded 90-plus tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 1 interception for a touchdown. He also played tight end for Vista.

Goethel carries a 3.0 GPA and recently took the SAT.

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